I am a goldsmith & jewellery designer from South Africa and an avid reader of SF&F, science, psychology, philosophy and classics.
Excellent. Somewhere way at the top. Don Hagen sounds like he reads the whole book with a smirk on his face and I found the information most valuable since I had little to no knowledge of many of the topics.
No, not yet, but I would want to.
Knowledge of some of these topics might actually save your life.
I think someone who has a more formal education in social sciences might not enjoy it as much. But since I am just an interested layman, I really found it useful.
Committed to making a difference in the moment.
The realisation that I'm not that smart. Wonderful rememberable stories and baritones to help illustrate the point and make it stick.
Good starting point with these ideas. All the information is available in more depth elsewhere. The narration dry and slow.
Nothing really new here, but a very good compendium of what others have learned and taught on human behavioral psychology. Entertaining presentation as well.
Though most of the experiments are well recognised and the conclusions drawn are fairly mainstream, the book does a good job of putting most of the important ones in one place. The narrators voice is also excellent.
I have read McRaney's other book "Now you are not so dumb" and found the two almost identical. In fact, some of the topics and examples are the same. This being said, there's still enough new content to keep you thinking, even if not too deeply.
Don't get this if you are expecting deep thinking on any one subject. If, however, you are like me and the other 95% of the population, the presentation and information makes for an entertaining and thoughtful book. There is enough here to grab your attention and make you ponder without making you think your in a university psych class.
In summary, recommended, especially if you want to educate yourself as to some of the things you may be doing without realizing it.